5 Beautiful Things About Los Angeles

Of all the complicated things in the world, this isn’t: we love LA.  It has its downsides, its problems, its underbellies of badness.  But doesn’t every great city?  We think it’s an amazing place to live and explore, work and play, and live amazing lives.

We try to build LA beautiful with our loves, our everyday comings and goings, and the way we build and design homes for our clients. But LA is beautiful all on its own. We just give it a little nudge every now and then.  Okay, enough of the intro - 5 beautiful things about Los Angeles.

#1:  Sunsets: Manhattan Beach Pier

Almost every day the sun slides down into the Pacific in its own unique way.  It is truly cinematic.  But the giant IMAX screen is the horizon itself, and the audience is just you.  You and the moment.

Aaahhh, the sweet, cool beauty of the pier at sunset. (Thanks to timmytwothumbs on Tumblr for the photo.)

Aaahhh, the sweet, cool beauty of the pier at sunset. (Thanks to timmytwothumbs on Tumblr for the photo.)

Henry Miller said, "Every time you see it the vision gives you a pang of sweet awe."

#2  Jazz at the museum: Friday nights

We admit we are strange creatures - we are as passionate about our construction projects as we are about our love of a little wine with our jazz on Friday evenings.  But we promise that whatever your day job, you will shine some warm light into your soul by getting out with your lover-other to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire. It rolls out its chic delights from April through October.   Does it get more gorgeous, more LA than this?  Los Angeles Magazine gives  more cool details at http://www.lamag.com/digestblog/posh-picnicking-from-lacma-cafe/

Photo credit thanks to  Greg Poree

Photo credit thanks to Greg Poree

#3  Coffee at Cow’s End: even if there are no cows in Venice Beach

Sure there’s a Starbucks on every corner, but we get a kick out of the hip, more off-the-grid places for java meetings and re-charge brews.  Like this Venice Beach coffee/cafe with our favorite name ever: Cow’s End. 

Be yourself.  Bring your dog.  Meet somebody you never thought it was possible to meet.  (Photo thanks to Yelp.)

Be yourself.  Bring your dog.  Meet somebody you never thought it was possible to meet.  (Photo thanks to Yelp.)

# 4 Dressing up for a great evening: The Falcon Theater, Burbank.

For a that Broadway play feeling make an evening out of seeing any production at The Falcon Theater.  Started by Hollywood director Frank Marshall, it is always entertaining - and often makes you just gasp at the talent you're sitting so close to you could reach out and touch them.

Doesn't matter which production at the Falcon.  It's fun, it's dazzling live entertainment and a wondrous LA evening.  

Doesn't matter which production at the Falcon.  It's fun, it's dazzling live entertainment and a wondrous LA evening.  

#5  Walking thrills:  3rd Street Promenade

Walking in LA is like dancing the Tango - the more you practice, the sexier you get, and the more fun you have.  Stroll - maybe even hand-in-hand for a little inexpensive romance - from Santa Monica boulevard to Wilshire, taking in some of the best street performers in the world.  Singers and musicians.  Acrobats and jugglers.  Drummers and comedians.  Then stop for at The Misfit just off the Promenade.  It's in the 1920's clock tower, the one we all love.  Here's more at the LA Weekly http://www.laweekly.com/music/the-top-10-bars-in-santa-monica-4170911)  Once you sit down, take a big Thank You Lord breath and order a glass of whatever pleases, and talk about your Great Idea to Change the World.  A moment like this is, after all, what the world is for.

Stroll.  Shop.  Watch the street performers.  Or just be.  Just be under that LA sky.

Stroll.  Shop.  Watch the street performers.  Or just be.  Just be under that LA sky.

And don’t forget that Big Dream you’ve had for years.  You know the one: room addition for your house.  For the kids.  For the sheer pleasure of it.  Because you can.  Connect with us now and we’ll chat about making the dream a reality.